Liverpool are set for a season-defining fixture, if not their biggest-ever fixture, in the FA Women’s Super League when they travel to relegation rivals Bristol City on Sunday.
The Reds are three points adrift of The Robins at the bottom of FA Women’s Super League table, a complete contrast to their men’s side who are set for a maiden English Premier League title.
This season has been grim to say the least for Vicky Jepson’s side. They have lost eight of their 11 league fixtures while the other matches have been draws, leaving them winless since they defeated Merseyside rivals Everton 3-1 at Prenton Park on the final day of last season.
On Sunday, they take on a Bristol City side who have the opportunity to put clear daylight between themselves at Liverpool with victory at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. It hasn’t been a memorable campaign for The Robins neither with just six points on the board but three points against Liverpool could leave their opponents with a mountain to climb if they are to retain their FA Women’s Super League status.
There have been comments made within the women’s footballing community in recent weeks that ‘losing Liverpool would be a disaster for the FA Women’s Super League’, however, the crux of the matter is clear to see, lose in Bristol and it could be a long way back for Jepson’s side. The only bonus which they would have in the event of that catastrophe is that third-bottom side Birmingham City are up next.
The contrasting fortunes of Liverpool’s men’s and women’s sides is almost unbelievable. No matter what happens to the women’s side come the end of the season, work must be done to ensure that they do not find themselves in the same position again.